Baseball at NYU began as a club sport in the 1870s, became a varsity sport in the 1890s, and enjoyed its glory years under William McCarthy, who coached the Violets from 1922 to 1961. Under McCarthy, NYU compiled 476 victories and 258 losses. Among the outstanding players of the 1920s was George “Kiddo” Davis, the first NYU baseball starter to break into the major leagues. In 1927, Davis signed with the New York Yankees. Six years later, Davis achieved his childhood dream when, as a player for the New York Giants, he helped his team win the World Series.
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